Jan. 25, 2001
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The Ole Miss Rebels (15-3, 3-2 SEC) return to action after a week off when
they travel to Starkville, Miss., to meet the Mississippi State Bulldogs
(10-6, 1-4 SEC). The game is scheduled for 12:07 p.m. (CT) tip, and will
be televised by Jefferson Pilot. Ole Miss, ranked No. 19 in the Associated
Press Top 25 Poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll, bounced
back after two straight league losses to defeat Kentucky, 65-55 Jan. 20,
while the Bulldogs dropped an 82-73 decision to LSU Wednesday.
#19/21 Ole Miss (15-3, 3-2) vs. Mississippi St. (10-6, 1-4)
Saturday, January 27, 2001 -- 12:07 p.m. (CT) tip
Humphrey Coliseum -- Starkville, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Jefferson Pilot (David Steele, play-by-play, Barry Booker,
color analyst, Scott Snyder, producer, Jimmy Moore, director)
Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
BARNES IN THIRD SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his third season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. He has an overall record of 54-30 (.643 winning
percentage). In his first two seasons, Barnes compiled a 39-27 record, and
the 39 victories are the most by a Rebel coach in his first two years in
Ole Miss history. Last year, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 19-14 overall
record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Rebels
advanced to the NIT quarterfinals for the second time in school history.
The winning season and postseason tournament both were the fourth straight
for the Ole Miss program.
In 1998-99, Barnes led Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a
third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native was
the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in
his first season. Barnes also guided the Rebels to a 72-70 win over
Villanova in the NCAA Tournament first round, marking the program's
first-ever victory in NCAA play.
Barnes was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998. A 1988
graduate of Ole Miss, Barnes served as an assistant under Evans from
1993-98. During his time as an assistant coach, the Rebels compiled a
record of 76-63 and won back-to-back Southeastern Conference Western
Division titles and received consecutive NCAA Tournament berths in 1997 and
1998. Barnes played at Ole Miss from 1984-88 and was named All-SEC his
senior season. He still ranks on the Ole Miss career charts in scoring
(17th, 1,201 points), assists (2nd, 456) and steals (6th, 154).
OLE MISS-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES
Saturday's game will the 221st meeting between the two schools, with the
Bulldogs holding an all-time series lead of 121-99. Last season, the
Bulldogs swept Ole Miss, winning 61-59 in Oxford and 80-67 in Starkville.
The Bulldogs hold an 80-23 series lead in games played in Starkville, and
have won the six of the last seven meetings in Humphrey Coliseum. The last
Ole Miss victory in Starkville was an 82-78 win in the 1997-98 campaign.
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 1-3 versus the Bulldogs and 0-2 against
Mississippi State in Humphrey Coliseum.
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE
The Bulldogs enter Saturday's game with a 10-6 overall record and a 1-4
Southeastern Conference mark. Mississippi State has dropped four of its
last five games, including an 82-73 setback to LSU Wednesday. The
Bulldogs' lone win during that stretch was an 83-66 non-conference victory
over Tulane Jan. 17. Senior guard Antonio Jackson leads four Bulldogs in
double figures with a 13.9 average. Robert Jackson (12.8 ppg), Tang
Hamilton (12.8 ppg) and Marckell Patterson (10.0 ppg) are also netting
double figures. Robert Jackson is the squad's top rebounder with an 8.8
average (tied for third in the SEC). Hamilton, who is averaging 15.5
points and 8.5 boards per contest in the Bulldogs' last four games, is tops
on the team with a 55.2 shooting percentage from the field. Antonio
Jackson leads the squad in assists (68) and steals (18), while Patterson is
the team's top three-point threat, shooting 43.6 percent from the arc.
Mississippi State is hitting 45.6 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from
the three-point line, and 67.9 percent from the charity stripe. The
Bulldogs are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 9.2 boards per
game (43.6-34.4), which is tops in the SEC.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN...PART I
For the Rebels, January has been a month on the road. By the end of the
month, Ole Miss will have played three home games and four road contests.
The Rebels are one of four Southeastern Conference teams?Arkansas, Ole
Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee?to have played only three home league games
by the end of January.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN...PART II
The Rebels were one of two Southeastern Conference teams to play three of
its first four league games on the road. Ole Miss played at Vanderbilt
(81-68 Rebel win) Jan. 6, at Arkansas Jan. 10 (53-48 Ole Miss win) and at
Alabama (82-63 Tide win) Jan. 17. The Rebels' lone home game during that
stretch was a Jan. 13 enounter versus Georgia in Oxford (70-66 Bulldog
win). Georgia was the other SEC school to open its SEC schedule with three
of its first four on the road. The Bulldogs lost at Kentucky, 67-63 Jan.
6, but bounced back with a 70-66 win over Ole Miss Jan. 13 and a 75-72
victory at Florida Jan. 17. Georgia hosted Auburn Jan. 10, and won 85-80
ON THE ROAD AGAIN...PART III
For the third consecutive year, the Ole Miss Rebel basketball opened its
Southeastern Confer-ence schedule on the road at Vanderbilt Jan. 6. Ole
Miss defeated the Commodores, 81-68. The Rebels were one of four league
teams to play its SEC opener on the road the last three years (including
2000-01). The other three SEC teams to do so were Florida, Georgia and
ON THE ROAD AGAIN...PART IV
Ole Miss was one of three Southeastern Conference teams to play its first
two games in the league on the road. The Rebels played at Vanderbilt Jan.
6 (an 81-68 Ole Miss victory) and at Arkansas Jan. 10 (a 53-48 Ole Miss
win). Alabama (at LSU, at Tennessee) and Florida (at South Carolina, at
Mississippi State) were the other two SEC teams to play their first two
league games on the road this year.
The old saying is that defense wins championships. If that is the case,
Ole Miss may be in contention for a title in 2000-01, especially if the
Rebels can continue to hassle the opposition with their defensive pressure.
Ole Miss is holding its opponents to an average of 62.8 points per game,
which is still tops in the Southeastern Conference.
EVEN MORE DEFENSE
When Rob Evans took over the Rebel program in the 1992-93 season, he said
his squads were going to play defense?and they did. That emphasis on
defense has continued under Rod Barnes. This season, Ole Miss has held
seven opponents under 60 points, including two SEC teams. The Rebels held
Arkansas (53-48 Ole Miss win) Jan. 10 and Kentucky (65-55 Ole Miss win)
Jan. 20 to under 60 points. Last year, Ole Miss held nine opponents to
under 60 points, but only one league team.
Since the 1992-93 season, the campaign in which the Rebels held the most
opponents under 60 points was 1996-97. That year Ole Miss held 10
opponents to under 60 points, including five SEC squads. The 1996-97
season was the Rebels' first SEC Western Division title.
HARRISON HEATING UP
Junior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) has certainly found his range
from the arc in conference play. The 5-foot-5 guard hit a career-best four
three-pointers in the Rebels' victory over Kentucky Jan. 20. But, Harrison
has been hot from the three-point line since SEC play began Jan. 6. In
five SEC games, Harrison is hitting 64.3 percent from the arc (9-of-14).
LOCKHART HAS SOLID BACK-TO-BACK GAMES IN SEC PLAY
After a slow start in conference play, senior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall,
Miss.) has been on a roll for the Rebels in their last two games versus
Alabama and Kentucky. In those two contests, Lockhart averaged 14.5 points
and 7.5 boards. He had his best offensive Southeastern Conference game to
date versus Alabama Jan. 17. Entering the Alabama game, the 6-foot-8
forward had been averaging 8.0 points in SEC play, but broke out versus the
Crimson Tide with 17 points and six boards. Lockhart scored his 17 points
on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 1-of-3 from the charity stripe. He
also had two blocks versus Alabama. Lockhart followed that performance
with 12 points and nine rebounds versus Kentucky. In SEC action (five
games), Lockhart is averaging 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds.
REBELS ON TELEVISION
Ole Miss will be making its 12th television appearance of the year
Saturday when the Rebels meet Mississippi State on Jefferson Pilot.
Saturday's game is the fourth of five consecutive television appearances
for the Rebels in the month of January. The Rebels have 14 scheduled
television appearances in 2000-01. This season, Ole Miss is 8-3 in
television games, with the losses coming to Iowa State in the championship
game of the Yahoo! Sports Invitational Dec. 23, Georgia Jan. 13 and Alabama
Jan. 17. The Rebels have appeared on television over 40 times the past
four seasons. Last year, Ole Miss had 11 television contests, and posted a
6-5 record in those games.
REED ENJOYING SEC ACTION
They say the big players step up in 'primetime.' Well, there's nothing
more 'primetime' than Southeastern Conference play, and freshman Justin
Reed (Jackson, Miss.) is making his presence known in the league. In five
SEC games, Reed has netted double figures in four contests, including a
career-high 21 points versus Georgia Jan. 13. The 6-foot-8 forward is
averaging 12.6 points (leads team) and 6.4 boards (tied for team lead) in
SEC games only.
REED DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Freshman Justin Reed doubled his pleasure for a second time this season
versus Georgia Jan. 13. The 6-foot-8 forward scored a career-high 21
points and also grabbed 12 boards in the 70-66 setback to the Bulldogs.
His first collegiate double-double was a 16 point-13 rebound performance in
the Rebels' 88-84 overtime victory over VCU Nov. 25. The 21 points against
the Bulldogs bested Reed's previous high of 19 points a week earlier versus
Vanderbilt. Reed also hit a career-high nine field goals versus Georgia.
HITTING 'EM WHEN THEY COUNT
The Rebels haven't had a reputation for hitting a high percentage >from the
charity stripe the last couple of seasons, especially down the stretch in
games. However, that may be changing in 2000-01. Ole Miss is hitting 66.4
percent from the foul line for the season, but more importantly, the Rebels
are hitting their foul shots down the stretch. In their wins over Sam
Houston State, VCU, Oklahoma, Memphis, Southern Illinois, Southern Cal,
Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Kentucky, the Rebels shot 73.1 percent from the
line (76-of-104) in the final four minutes (and overtime) of those games.
CALL HIM 'MR. TOUGH GUY'
Despite suffering an ankle injury in the Rebels' Jan. 13 game versus
Georgia, sophomore David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) played 28 minutes at
Alabama Jan. 17 and had eight points, two rebounds, two assists and two
steals versus the Crimson Tide. He played 14 minutes versus Kentucky Jan.
20. The 6-foot-3 guard suffered a sprained left ankle versus Georgia and
was listed as probable for the Alabama game. Sanders suffered the injury
with under six minutes to go in the second half versus the Bulldogs.
Before he left the game, Sanders had four points, two boards, five assists
and one steal. This season, Sanders is averaging 6.6 points, 2.3 rebounds,
while shooting 53 percent from the field.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. Since the 1996-97
season and including this campaign, Ole Miss has an incredible 80-9 record
(.899 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other
hand, the Rebels are 15-37 when they net less than 70 points during that
five-year period (including 2000-01). This season, Ole Miss has a 9-0
record when scoring 70 points or more.
...BUT SCORING 70 ISN'T NECESSARY IN 2000-01
As discussed in the previous note, the Rebels have been nearly unbeatable
when they score 70 points or more. However, the 2000-01 Rebels are proving
they can win games when they don't reach that magical number of 70. Ole
Miss is 6-3 this year when scoring less than 70 points.
AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
This year's senior class of Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) and Rahim
Lockhart and junior redshirt John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) are now at the
head of all the classes in Ole Miss basketball history. With the Rebels'
victory over Kentucky Jan. 20, the 2000-01 senior class has 76 wins, the
most victories by a class in a four-year span. The 76 victories surpass
the previous mark of 74 wins by the 1998-99 class of Hunter Carpenter,
Keith Carter, Jason Smith and Michael White. The 2000-01 senior class has
also been a part of the 1998 SEC Western Division championship squad and
has been to three straight postseasons (2 NCAA, 1 NIT).
MOVING ON UP THE CHARTS
With his 12-rebound performance versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18, senior
Rahim Lockhart became the 15th player in Rebel basketball history to grab
500 boards in a career. He now has 657 career rebounds, after grabbing
nine boards versus Kentucky Jan. 20. Lockhart is in the No. 10 spot on the
Ole Miss career rebounding list, and needs 15 more rebounds to take over
the No. 9 spot currently held by Jason Smith (1996-99, 671 career
rebounds). Lockhart entered the 1999-2000 season with 278 boards, and with
his 220 rebounds in 1999-2000, he had 498 rebounds coming into the 2000-01
'GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!'
Senior Rahim Lockhart recorded a career-best five blocked shots versus
Memphis Dec. 9. After his one block versus Kentucky Jan. 20, he now has
115 for his career and is in second place on the Ole Miss career blocked
shots chart. The 6-foot-8 forward entered the 2000-01 season with 83
career blocks. Lockhart led the Rebels in blocked shots the previous two
seasons with 44 and 46 blocks, respectively.
REBELS WERE IN THE FINAL TWO
Forget the Final Four for now. Ole Miss was among the 'Final Two' prior
to the Rebels' loss to Iowa State Dec. 23. Before the setback to Iowa
State, Ole Miss was one of the last two NCAA Division I schools to have
both its men's and women's basketball teams undefeated. The Lady Rebels
have a 13-3 record after their win at Alabama Thursday. Baylor was the
final school to have both its men's and women's teams undefeated, but both
lost last week in Big 12 Conference play.
Heading into play the week of Dec. 18, 2000, four schools had both its
men's and women's teams undefeated. They were Baylor, Ole Miss, Alabama,
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Senior Rahim Lockhart is picking up where he left off last year?doubling
his pleasure. Lockhart came into the 2000-01 season with 14 career
double-doubles, and he recorded his 20th double-double performance in Ole
Miss' win over Morris Brown (10 points-10 rebounds). He also had
double-doubles versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17-12) Nov. 18,
Louisiana-Monroe (16-10) Nov. 28, Memphis (15-14) Dec. 9, Southeastern
Louisiana (21-14) Dec. 13 and Southern Cal (16-13) Dec. 22. Last year,
Lockhart had 13 double-doubles, which ranked him in the top 10 in the
nation in that statistical category. His first career double-double came
versus Tennessee (16-12) as a sophomore in the 1998-99 season.
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC WESTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 42-50 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC
Western Division. Ole Miss is 42-51 versus the SEC Western Division teams,
including tournament play.
HEATING UP THEN COOLING OFF FROM LONG DISTANCE
Many say you can live and die by the three-point shot. Well, the Rebels
aren't dead yet, but after shooting a high percentage from the arc in games
9-14, they have cooled off in the contests 15-17.
The Rebels had a slow start dialing from long distance in the first eight
games, hitting only 4.63 treys per contest and shooting 35.6 percent.
However, Ole Miss heated up with a school-record 14 three-pointers in its
win over Troy State Dec. 18 and continued the hot streak through the
Vanderbilt contest Jan. 6. During that string of games from Troy State to
Vanderbilt, the Rebels hit 9.83 treys per game and shot 44 percent from the
In the three games prior to Kentucky Jan. 20, Ole Miss hit 5.33
three-pointers per game and shot 26.2 percent.
GAINING BACK THE FORM?
The Rebels hope they have gained their stroke back from the three-point
line. After shooting under 30 percent (26.2 percent, to be exact) in the
three games prior to Jan. 20, Ole Miss hit 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the
arc in its 65-55 victory over Kentucky.
OLE MISS PICKED SIXTH IN WEST BY MEDIA
The Ole Miss Rebels were picked to finish in sixth place in the SEC
Western Division in a vote by media members at the annual conference media
days Nov. 1-2 in Birmingham, Ala. Arkansas was picked to win the SEC
Western Division championship, while Tennessee was selected to win both the
SEC overall title and the Eastern Division crown.
HARRISON ON THE CHARTS
Junior Jason Harrison has put his name on the Ole Miss career
three-pointers made list. The 5-foot-5 guard jumped into the top five with
his two treys versus Troy State Dec. 18, and now is in the No. 4 spot with
97. Up next for Harrison is Joezon Darby (1996-98), who is No. 3 with 131
career treys. This season, Harrison is shooting 48.8 percent from the
MANNY'S DA MAN!
Sophomore Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) came up with a big half of
basketball for the Rebels in the second half of their victory over Arkansas
Jan. 10. The 6-foot-3 guard, who also goes by 'Manny,' was held scoreless
and had no boards in the first half. However, that changed after
intermission. Wade scored six points and grabbed a career-high tying five
boards in the second half to help propel the Rebels to the win. Wade
netted the Rebels' first six points of the second half, and then grabbed
three huge rebounds in the closing minutes.
Wade also proved he was 'da man' in the Rebels' win over Kentucky Jan. 20.
He came off the bench to score nine points and grab two boards. He scored
his nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including 1-of-2 from
the three-point line.
A HAPPY 50 FOR COACH BARNES
No, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is not celebrating his 50th birthday
(not even close for the 35-year-old, by the way). With the Rebels'
overtime victory over No. 13-ranked Southern Cal Dec. 22, Barnes won his
50th game as the Ole Miss head coach. He has a current record of 54-30.
Barnes reached the 50-win plateau the third fastest of any coach in Rebel
history. George Bohler and Homer Hazel are the only two coaches in Ole
Miss history to reach the milestone faster.
THE FIRST TIME SINCE, PART I...
The Rebels opened their Southeastern Conference schedule with consecutive
road wins at Vanderbilt (81-68) and at Arkansas (53-48). The last time Ole
Miss won back-to-back road games in the SEC (at any time during the season)
was the 1998-99 campaign when the Rebels won at LSU (82-66) Feb. 3, 1999,
and at Florida (79-68) Feb. 6, 1999.
THE FIRST TIME SINCE, PART II...
The Rebels opened their Southeastern Conference schedule with consecutive
road wins at Vanderbilt (81-68) and at Arkansas (53-48). The last time Ole
Miss won its first two SEC games on the road was the 1950-51 season. The
Rebels won at Auburn (65-61) Dec. 9, 1950, and at Alabama (67-61) Dec. 11,
HOLMES BULLISH ON THE BOARDS
Senior Jason Holmes (Tylertown, Miss.) proved he is more than just a
three-point threat in the Rebels' 53-48 victory over Arkansas Jan. 10. The
6-foot-5 guard grabbed a career-high nine boards in the win, besting his
previous high of six rebounds versus VCU earlier this year. Holmes is
averaging 2.6 rebounds per contest this season (47 total boards), and has
already surpassed his rebound total (44) of a year ago.
REED HAS STRONG PERFORMANCE OFF THE BENCH VERSUS VANDERBILT
Maybe freshman Justin Reed should be 'under the weather' more often. No,
we're just kidding. But, after missing most of practice the week leading
up to the Vanderbilt game due to illness, Reed came off the bench versus
the Commodores to net 19 points in leading the Rebels to the 81-68 victory.
It was the first time this season that Reed did not start. Reed hit a
career-best five free throws. The 6-foot-8 forward also grabbed seven
boards and had one assist and two steals versus Vanderbilt.
TAYLOR TO FOCUS ON FOOTBALL
Rebel sophomore guard Syniker Taylor (Gulfport, Miss.), who also played
basketball at Ole Miss last year, has decided to pass on joining the
basketball team for the 2000-01 season and concentrate on football. This
fall, Taylor started all 11 games at free safety for the Ole Miss football
squad and recorded 67 tackles (43 solo), three interceptions, 19 passes
defensed and two fumble recoveries. He was second on the squad in tackles
and interceptions. Taylor also returned one interception 65 yards for a
touchdown versus Georgia (Nov. 18, 2000).
Last year, Taylor played in 18 games for the Ole Miss basketball team. He
averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds, while posting 10 assists and 18 steals.
'PROVINE POSSE' STEPS UP AGAIN
The 'Provine Posse' of sophomore David Sanders and freshmen Aaron Harper
(Jackson, Miss.) and Justin Reed came up big again for the Rebels in the
win over Vanderbilt Jan. 6. Reed led the team with 19 points, while
Sanders hit 6-of-7 from the foul line, including four straight in the final
four minutes. Harper added five points, four rebounds and four assists in
It was the third game this year that the 'Posse' shined. The trio, led by
Reed's double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, helped Ole Miss to an
88-84 overtime win at VCU Nov. 25. One week later (Dec. 2), the trio
combined to score 38 of the Rebels' 60 points in a win over Oklahoma
(60-55). Harper led the way with 18 points versus the Sooners.
All three played their high school basketball at Provine High School in
Ole Miss and Mississippi State have 19 players on their rosters from the
state of Mississippi (8 OM, 11 MSU)...The Bulldogs lead the SEC in
rebounding margin, while Ole Miss is next to last in that statistical
category...Rod Barnes coached Tang Hamilton on the SEC All-Star Team that
traveled Japan in the summer of 1999...On their current pace of hitting 6.6
treys per game, the 2000-01 Rebels would finish regular-season play with
192 three-pointers, which would be the fifth most in Ole Miss history.